Magazine Training International (MTI) is pleased to announce a partnership with Lydia Foundation and Christianity Today, who are joining MTI as sponsors of the Crisis Publishing Initiative. The Crisis Publishing Initiative conference will be held on Oct. 15-18, 2017, at the Hotel Lövér in Sopron, Hungary.

The Initiative is for Christians in publishing who face the challenge of reporting on catastrophic events and wish to gain knowledge, skills, and resources that will enable them to research, report, and publish responsibly in crisis situations.

Sponsors become full partners in the Crisis Publishing Initiative when they make a donation towards the Initiative. Sponsors are involved in the development of the program, the selection of speakers, advertising to their constituents, and assisting in gathering additional funding.

Co-sponsor Lydia Foundation of Germany and contributing sponsor Christianity Today of the United States both have a long history of working closely with MTI.

“We have known Sharon Mumper and Magazine Training International for many years and have the highest respect for the ministry,” says Ditmar and Elisabeth Mittelstädt, founders/directors of Lydia Foundation. “When we heard about the new initiative we knew we wanted to be a part of it and to support it.”

Lydia Foundation is a German publishing foundation that exists to encourage and strengthen Christian publishers, especially in Eastern Europe. The foundation sprang originally from the ministry of the German Lydia magazine, and is administered by the magazine’s founding publishers.

Christianity Today’s mission is to equip Christians to renew their minds, serve the church and create culture to the glory of God. In a world in desperate need of truth, goodness and beauty, Christianity Today strengthens the church by richly communicating the breadth of the true, good and beautiful Gospel.

“We have joyfully been in partnership with MTI for many years,” says Harold Smith, president and CEO of Christianity Today. “Their commitment to quality journalism in the context of a living faith has resulted in hundreds of men and women being equipped to be Christ’s very voice in some of the most difficult settings in the world. It is for this reason that the Crisis Publishing Initiative makes such strategic sense at this time. And we at Christianity Today want to do all we can to help facilitate this timely vision-and expand the voice of Truth-through his committed messengers.”

In addition to the sponsors, several organizations from the U.S. and U.K. have joined the Crisis Publishing Initiative Coalition, and serve as a board of reference for the Initiative.

MTI is now accepting registrations at a 25% discount from the regular registration fee of $450. The “Sunrise Special” discounted registration fee is $335, and is available now through April 15, 2017.

by Jennifer Howard, communications director

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